Colorado legislators are taking another spin through marijuana delivery regulations.
Democrat Rep. Jonathan Singer has teamed up with Constitutional Conservative Sen. Tim Neville for a bill to create a pilot program for pot deliveries.
If approved by lawmakers and signed by the governor, three cities in Colorado would be allowed to hand out up to 15 delivery licenses to dispensaries and companies.
“We’ve said this is medicine,” Neville said.
“People may suffer from cancer or another illness and not be able to go out,” Neville added.
Neville emphasized this bill is different from last year.This time around, the delivery proposal is a standalone bill with guardrails on the geographic extent of the deliveries, the number of licensed operations and the length of the trial period.
In 2017, Gov. John Hickenlooper stressed it was not the time to “reach for new turf” in the marijuana fight with pressure from Attorney General Jeff Sessions increasing.
Meanwhile, Leisa Cole, a dispensary employee, said she likes the idea but worries about the security of drivers.
“I personally wouldn’t feel safe delivering, Cole said.
“Since we are not allowed to bank, it’s an all cash business,” Cole added.
If approved, a state-licensed delivery provider could pick up medical or recreational marijuana products from a licensed dispensary or store and deliver the products to ID-bearing registered medical marijuana card holders or adults 21 years of age or older at a physical address
Neville said over the next few weeks he will be educating lawmakers on how this can be done safely and securely.
The bill is expected to be heard in the House of Representatives the week of February 5.